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September 23, 2019

INTEGRATING WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISES IN GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS 
8TH WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL FORUM IN MEXICO
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2019

 

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MEXICO CITY, CDMX, September 20th, 2019 – A record number of large corporations will attend the 8th WEConnect International Annual Forum in Mexico on September 25th, 2019 at the Sheraton Maria Isabel hotel in Mexico City to engage with Mexican women-owned businesses to increase their access to global value chains.

September 10, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2019 – WEConnect International is delighted to announce the appointment of four new senior members of our growing global team of experts: Katie Farhat as the Vice President of Development, Patricia Langan as the Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East, Stephanie Fontaine as the Country Director for Canada, and Mrinalini Venkatachalam as the Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceana.

August 25, 2019

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USAID AWARDS W-GDP GRANT TO WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL

Leveraging Digital Technology to Connect Women Business Owners to Markets for Inclusive Trade and Sustainable Economic Impact Grant

 

WASHINGTON, DC, August 26, 2019 – WEConnect International has partnered with USAID, SAP Ariba, Accenture, ExxonMobil Corporation, IBM, and the Procter & Gamble Company to leverage technology to help realize the commitment of the private sector to increase corporate spend with women-owned businesses around the world.  This grant is part of the United States Women’s Global Development and Prosperity or W-GDP Initiative.

Recognizing the potential of women to help drive inclusive economic growth, the partnership will increase market access opportunities for women-owned businesses through the co-creation of a new global technology platform that will make it easier for buyers to find women suppliers, especially in developing countries.

Over the next three years, this new platform will not only make it easier for WEConnect International member buyers and sellers to find and connect with each other, women business owners will also be able to access relevant business opportunities and other critical business resources, partner networks, business tools, and training on how to scale and, in turn, grow their local economies.

“This exciting new partnership will help to ensure more women business owners in developing countries can leverage technology to access new markets and increase their local and global impact,” says Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International. “This Global Development Alliance with USAID, SAP Ariba, Accenture, ExxonMobil, IBM, and Procter & Gamble demonstrates the power of public-private partnerships in support of women’s economic empowerment and inclusive growth.”

About WEConnect International

WEConnect International helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains. It identifies, educates, and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with member buyers.  WEConnect International members represent over US$1 trillion in annual purchasing power and a commitment to supplier development and inclusive sourcing. The result is a network of corporate buyers working with women business owners based in over 115 countries that are learning, collaborating and winning new business.